PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Perry and Jones County authorities are working together to solve a rash of car burglaries that have taken place over the last couple of weeks.
Many of them have happened along Highway 29 in south Jones and northern Perry counties.
On Wednesday, May 23, the Perry County Sheriff's Department received eight reports of car burglaries from the county line to Runnelstown.
In each case except one, the car owners left their doors unlocked.
"Even if they're in your own yard, you need to make sure you lock your vehicle up," said Mitch Nobles, Perry County sheriff. "If you do have any valuables, if there's any way that you can, try to remove them out of your vehicle and definitely, don't leave them in plain sight where they can be seen."
"Most of all burglaries are crimes of opportunity," said Alex Hodge, Jones County sheriff. "They walk up, the door's open, something's left out in the yard, the vehicles are left unlocked, we just don't live in that age anymore. Lock it up, hide it, don't leave it out."
Nobles said an unknown vehicle was caught on a church surveillance camera at the time of the May 23 burglaries.
It is a Dodge pick up truck with a white camper shell on the back. He said it may have an out-of-state license plate.
Nobles said the thieves are mostly stealing electronics and firearms.